Due to the most recent government guidelines we have made the decision to close our business until May 31st, at which time we will review this.
During this time, Dept56.co.uk will not be accepting any orders, and we apologise for any disappointment this may cause, however during these difficult times we are sure you support our decision to keep our staff safe and also do our utmost to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
One Christmas evening, a group of friends set off to enjoy a dinner of celebration at a small country inn nestled in a quiet river town. As they rounded a bend in the road, they saw the small, old-fashioned village decorated for the holidays. The lights, like fairies, glowed and sparkled amid the freshly fallen snow. All evening, the conversation was full of Christmas memories and the visions the tiny town had evoked. Amidst the jovial banter and magical memories, the idea for a lighted Christmas village was born. That spark of an idea became a reality when, in 1976, Department 56 introduced a series of six hand-painted, ceramic buildings.
The rest is history.